Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself ... FDR

I just called Jackie Speier's office and asked why she is withholding the names of men in Congress who have perpetrated sexual harassment.  The staff member I spoke to told me that the victims are frightened. Okay. So, the upshot is that this is becoming a Democratic issue.
There is a price to pay for running scared.  There is a price to pay for allowing fear to rule a party, a life or a social/political position.
The Democrats have been frightened for years, frightened of being called Liberal; frightened of being too far to the Left; frightened of separating themselves from money, big donors and Wall Street; frightened of standing too firmly for Labor.
The price they have paid is a dwindling donor base, a shrinking party, the loss of elections at the city, county and state levels in record numbers and finally Donald Fucking Trump.
Yes, the Democrats earned him as well as the Republicans. Establishment politics and business as usual gave this country the abomination of Trump on both sides of the aisle. Where they didn't sow apathy they sowed disgust - and the worst possible element took control.
Sanders rose to power on his courage. The people who supported him still support him because of that courage. Albeit he didn't win the nomination, he is the voice of the Left in my mind and the mind of millions. I hear few others. I refuse to support a party, an agenda or any member of society or government who can't face life with courage.
If women truly want this mistreatment to stop they must step up and fight back. The day for hiding behind someone else's voice is over. As it was over in the day of the fledgling Feminist Movement and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
The staff member in Speier's office snarled at me that perhaps I wasn't sensitive enough to be afraid. Of course I have been afraid. Courage has nothing to do with not knowing fear. Courage is about moving to spite fear. So, let's move past our fear rather than cutting our own throats for a change.

Monday, November 6, 2017

I am Mentally Ill

I am mentally ill.  I have been all my life.  It isn't something you catch off a toilet seat or from eating with your neighbor's spoon. It can be induced by trauma or stress.  Like any other disease it can present as chronic (long term) or acute (of short duration). 
For my part it is chronic and lifelong. I am a manic depressive, what today is called a bipolar. I don't use the term because, as I have said before, I am not a battery. While prior to my formal diagnosis and treatment many areas of my life were out of control including my temper, I never attempted to hurt anyone.  I am prone to rage even after twenty years of treatment and twice that many years of therapy and would never consider owning a gun.
It must be noted that there are benefits to my disease. One of which is that I am bloody smart. Most of us are in fact. We are too smart to be used as scapegoats by an indifferent public, a whoring government, a dim witted president or a greedy, bloated gun lobby.
It is time to demand sensible gun control in this country. You can't with any margin of credibility cut funding for mental health treatment as Trump proposes, than insist that only mental illness is responsible for these egregious acts of violence; deny felons the vote than turn around and sell them guns; insist that even the sickest among us have a right to own guns as Congress has while gathering together in the vestments of the hypocrite praying to a benevolent God and insisting that only more guns will solve gun violence.
Speaking with the expertise of someone who is technically and clinically crazy, all of this is nuts. Speaking on behalf of mentally ill people everywhere who deal every minute of every day with their disease, we do our job now the public, the government and that creature in the Oval Office need to do theirs.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Truth, At Last

We knew this, those of us inside Bernie's campaign saw it and were told to sit down and shut up.  Those of us working for Bernie on Twitter and Facebook saw the bots that claimed to be Bernie's people, knew they weren't ours because our geeks couldn't trace their IP addresses to a person or organization inside this country. We weren't sophisticated enough to identify Russian interference, but we knew that the so-called Bernie Bros and other cyberspace jag-offs weren't part of his campaign. We were told to sit down and shut up.
Sanders' people don't sit down and shut-up, not then, not now, not ever. We are part of the resistance and we still stand with Sanders and his principles. Having said all of this if the Democratic Party wants to become whole again, form common cause again and win elections again they must organize around something other than the Clintons and their Neoliberal agenda. This isn't about what some call "purity." This is about the party of the people and the Great Liberal Cause. We are the Left, and we like   it that way.
Finally, it is time to put 2016 in the past, stop whining, finger pointing and reopening our wounds. It is time for us all, on both sides, to direct our energy and passion toward defeating the greatest enemy this Republic has ever faced - the enemy within - Trump.